The kids and I loved listening to this story. Alex and Katie's adventure is exciting, especially when they get to the palace and meet the ev..Show More »il tsar. The idea of using lollipops to make friends (share what you have, and others will like you) sends a nice message to the kids. The character of the strange forest creature is hilarious -- ugly on the outside but with a great soul. Rebecca Lea McCarthy's narration is amazing -- we felt like we there watching a play in a theater, not just listening to a story.
An enchanting new story in the series. I've read/listened to all the stories in the series, and the kids and I have enjoyed all of them. These fairy t..Show More »ales, based on Russian folklore, are great for today's kids but have an old-fashioned quality to them. Rebecca McCarthy's narration is amazing -- reminds me of radio plays of the long gone past. Fantastic!
Enchanting story and a brilliant vocal performance
What a brilliant and original concept. Talented author Julia Gousseva has taken traditional Russian fairy tales and turned them into exciting modern-d..Show More »ay fantasies. We’ve all fantasized about a portal to another world. Here it is. At the back of the fireplace in strange Aunt Karina's magical library, a secret door takes visitors through a portal to a magical world. In adventure four of the Alex and Katie series, the children enter the portal through a picture frame where they embark on an exciting adventure in a dark forest where they encounter a three-headed dragon and the infamous witch, Baba Yaga. But the thing that makes these stories unique and brings out the talent and creativity of author Julia Gousseva is that each of these stories has a different ending. This makes the stories seem real. The ending is up to Alex and Katie. Will they succeed? Will they save the little girl? Will they bring light back into the dark forest? If they are successful, they still have to make it back to the picture frame and cross back into Aunt Karina’s magical library. Hmmm. There is plenty of excitement here.
So what could make this enchanting story even better? A reading by narrator Rebecca Lea McCarthy. But McCarthy does much more than a reading. McCarthy moves seamlessly from character to character, creating a true vocal acting performance. It’s so much fun and easy to visualize the story when listening to McCarthy’s fine performance.
Just plain fun. Highly recommended for adults and children of all ages.